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Reading Matters

How often do you read? I don’t mean just storybooks, but also information and textbooks, from a whiteboard or computer screen or even your own written work?

 Reading is a vital life skill and studies have shown that pupils who read for pleasure tend to achieve higher academic results.

"Being more enthusiastic about reading and a frequent reader was more of an advantage, on its own, than having well-educated parents in good jobs."

Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development's Programme for International Students Assessment (PISA, 2000)

There is currently a fantastic range of teen fiction available, both here and at the public library and all for free! If you have any suggestions for items to buy, please let me know.  Have a look at the websites listed below for ideas on what to read:

Mrs Mad, artwork by Ruth Kilgallon

Mrs Mad’s Book-a-Rama

 Ratings, reviews, games, stories and jokes


Red House Online - The Home of Childrens Books


Enter the Reading Room

This is an online community aimed at children aged 16 and under. Children under the age of 13 require parental permission to gain access to certain features.

readingmatters logo: link to home page


Try the interactive Bookchooser



Recommended books from the Booktrust;



Reviews by teenagers, not totally up to date , but plenty of useful reviews.


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Reading Matters
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